2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Meets Its Rivals: Porsche 911 GTS and Aston Martin V8 Vantage

2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Meets Its Rivals 10-vertThe Jaguar F-Type has a broad competitive set.  As a new two-seater in the Jag range, the car aims to snag buyers from everyone from the Porsche 911 to the Mercedes-Benz SL.

In this R AWD Coupe guide, the closest rivals to the F-Type’s performance are easily the 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R.

But in most of its trim lines, with pricing from about $80k, the F-Type aims to lure 911 C2S and perhaps even Aston Martin V8 Vantage owners into the big-cat den.

We came across a few of these fierce rivals this week while relishing every startup and throttle jab of the F-Type.  The quality of these photos is slightly lacking due to their iPhone cameraorigins.  But even so, they offer a nice view of the F-Type’s size, grace and style versus these two arch-nemeses: the 911 GTS and Aston Vantage.

First learnings on a 911 rendezvous?  How almost-exact the dimensions of the two cars are — barring their width.  Visually, the Jaguar feels and looks far wider and only slightly taller than this $148k 911 GTS.  Similar visual impact versus the Aston: the Jag is a bit more formal with a longer hoodline, but a far more aggressive and modern overall look.   Around back, the Aston hides its hatchback design a bit more effectively than the Jaguar.  They share many similarities in overall scale and rear haunches.  But everywhere the Aston Vantage looks tired — its lights, detailing, exhausts and overall mood — the Jag is firmly a 2016 look.

Real advantages for the Jag in back-end style come from its slimline, wraparound LED lights.  These create a sumptuous, near-concept-car look from the side and when viewed from the rear.  All this helps the Jag look lower, wider and far more erotic than the Aston parked beside it.2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Meets Its Rivals 1

Intro bonus?  A buddy who is 6-foot, 5-inches tall.  Fitting and ready to flog the Jag… if not exactly free to do yoga poses once in its very sporty cabin.

2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Meets Its Rivals

F-Type with 911 GTS

F-Type with Aston Vantage


2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe

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